Health

How To Remove a Dog Tick

In essence, dog ticks is a parasites that not only molest your dog but can also cause dog disease or worse to your dog.
This parasite, the dog tick can be an uphill battle to eradicate because of its resistance to insecticides.

Ticks on dogs

It is known to lay thousands of eggs, not on the dog but in dark places such as under the carpeting in the house, crevices of the kernel and baseboard. The eggs hatch into a larvae within a month which then seek out a dog, fill up on the dog’s blood and thereafter, drop off into hiding and emerging three weeks later having developed into an eight legged nymph.

You guessed it, the nymph seek out your dog as a host, jump on it, engorge on its blood, drop off the dog into hiding again, emerging in three weeks as an adult tick, thirsty for your dog’s blood, after which the nymphs mate to produce tick eggs and the parasitic cycle begins again.

It is known that an adult tick can hibernate for two years without need of a dog as a host. Bear that fact in mind in your efforts to get a handle and eradicate this parasite or in taking preventive action.

A dog tick feeds by burrowing it’s head under the skin tissue of your dog and extending it’s hooked or barbed mouth, thus making it complicated to remove manually. That tick once it fills up, drops off your dog to mate and then hides in the usual places to lay thousands of eggs.

Dog tick removal.. A tick attached to your dog skin can be removed manually if it is not already hooked into the skin or in delicate areas such as the eyelid or inner ear or other inaccessible areas that would definitely call for anesthesia. Brushing or combing your dog may get rid of ticks not yet firmly attached to the dog’s skin. The ticks already firmly attached to a dog’s skin do so by means of a hook-like arrangement of their mouth, and require a bit of strategy to unhook these suckers.

Removing tick from dog

Pull back the dog’s hair to allow exposure of the tick, then apply a few drops of iodine or rubbing alcohol onto the exposed tick. The effect of either of those two solutions causes the tick to become loose. You then use tweezers to easily pull the complete tick off your dog.

Ticks treatment

Be aware not to severe the head and leaving it embedded into the skin, because that can cause infection of a dog disease, as is also possible from the puncture left when a tick is removed. It is therefore advisable to reapply alcohol or iodine to the area. In cases where a tick’s head breaks off remaining embedded into the skin, apply hydrogen peroxide to the area and that ensures total neutralization of any ill-effects.

It should be kept uppermost that where there is one tick, there are most probably others, whether at a larvae stage or nymph stage and thus and so.

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Therefore vigilance has to be the order of the day, dousing your dog with a tick powder and best of all completely cleaning and sanitizing the entire area where your dog makes its presence and do so periodically as a matter of preventive routine and tick control for the sake of your dog health.

Health

Common Dog Health Problems

Common dog health problems is an issue that is the responsibility of every dog owner to know about. A lot of people are raising dogs because they are good pets and they can be easily trained.  Dogs health should be maintained at its optimum level because good health is very crucial in their proper growth and development. However, you cannot really foresee if your dog will contract or develop any disease or illness.

Basic knowledge about common dog health problems is very important so that you can determine if your dog needs immediate attention from a veterinarian for appropriate management. You can read about dog health concerns from articles in the internet and from books, or you can ask your dog’s veterinarian for more information. It is essential to keep an eye on your dog’s health because prevention is better than cure. This will prevent you from enduring many unexpected costs, and this will help to keep your dog active and in good shape.

Here are some common dog health problems that you should know:

Rabies

Caused by rhabdovirus from the Rhabdoviridae family, and it affects the central nervous system that can cause infection of the brain of all mammals as well as humans. The virus can be found in the saliva and mucous membranes of an infected dog. The virus can be transmitted by biting and viral contamination of a broken skin or wound of an uninfected dog, other animals, or man. This is a very fatal disease and has no treatment. You should make sure that your dog has received a vaccination against rabies and keep them from rabies-infected animals.

Canine Distemper

Caused by paramyxovirus, an airborne virus that is highly contagious. The virus can be transmitted through air or via body secretions from an infected dog. It affects the eyes, nervous, integumentary, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems of the dog. Nowadays, canine distemper is not fatal but it can cause serious and detrimental effects. There is no known and specific treatment for canine distemper. However, vaccinations can be a great help to prevent the disease from infecting your dog.

Canine Leptospirosis

Caused by leptospira interrogans, bacteria that infects the kidneys and the liver. The bacteria can be transmitted through contact with body secretions of an infected dog. It can be treated with antibiotics, intravenous fluid therapy, and intensive care and monitoring.

Kennel Cough

An upper respiratory disease caused by a variety of viruses, which includes parainfluenza, and bacteria, which includes bordetella. It is also known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis. It affects the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi which is found in the lungs. It is a very contagious disease that causes chronic dry hacking cough, wheezing, lack of appetite, and fever. Kennel cough can further develop as pneumonia in young puppies and old dogs.

Flea Infestation

An external parasite found in the dog’s skin. This is one of the most common dog health problems of all.  They are insects that belong to the Siphonaptera family, which literally means sucking-wingless. Fleas are ectoparasites that may appear light or dark brown in color; they are small like the size of a pencil lead, they are wingless and they are in constant motion. Fleas are commonly found at the base of the tail, between the ears, or on the abdomen where it has short hairs over it and they can be easily seen. There are treatments available for flea eradication such as flea shampoo, dips, and flea control sprays. But you must treat the environment of the dog as well for successful flea extermination.